"What truly appeals to me is the history and tradition of a 300-year-old art form that is constantly changing yet always keeps, at its core, a complete irreverence and refusal to take itself seriously that is completely and totally British. I also find that what is often served up in Australia is only a pale reflection of the chaos and unpredictability of true pantomime. I take a great pleasure in presenting to everyone in Perth something that is really part of their cultural and theatrical heritage."
"As ever, we have a cast of about 25, a dozen songs, four different sets, magical effects, flying birds and the fun of ad-libbing and script changes," Lee said. "They say never work with children or animals but three of our main characters are under 12 and about half our chorus the same.
"We have no actual animals but do have an amazing talking dog. On top of everything else, it can be hilarious watching actors who have never done pantomime learning to cope with the fact that audience booing and heckling is not only allowed but positively encouraged!"
"Babes in the Wood appealed because I was born in England and our family used to go to pantomimes every Christmas. They're such fun kind of shows that all ages enjoy and I love how you get to interact with the audience."
Babes in the Wood plays 8pm December 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18 and 19 with 2pm matinees December 5, 12 and 19. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book on 9397 5730 or at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au. Roleystone Theatre is located at 587 Brookton Highway, Roleystone, opposite the Croyden Road junction.